Acoustic, Original, Jazz, Folk

Acoustic, sophisticated, original songs and arrangements.

Appleby Stone have been performing a rich mix of jazz, contemporary and traditional folk since 2010, including a large repertoire of beautiful original songs.
They perform as a four-piece group: vocals, saxophones, flute, guitar, double bass and percussion. They can also work as a duo or trio.
Tickets for our own events are available through Pindrop Events
  • Thursday June 16th 2022, 17:00
    Private Wedding Party, Ledbury
  • Tuesday May 31st 2022, 19:00
    Private Wedding Party, Redmarley
  • Saturday December 12th 2021 20:00
  • Saturday September 11th 2021 20:00
  • Thursday August 26th 2021 18:00
    The Ledberry, Secret Garden Café, Ledbury, 01531 632676
Ken Appleby
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began playing guitar in his early teens using an instrument his older brother brought back from a school trip to Spain.
After years trying to play like John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and on the advice of Robin Williamson of The Incredible String Band who he met in McCabe‘s guitar shop in Santa Monica, he switched to trying to play like himself and got better results.
With many years of experience performing and arranging he now has very much his own style and is the band’s principle music arranger.
He has co-written and arranged most of the band‘s songs with Catherine Kinsey as part of Appleby Kinsey.
Emma Stone
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A naturally gifted musician, Emma has been playing flute since the age of 8 and saxophone since the age of 14.
She is a virtuosic improviser, and a vital creative energy for the group, bringing original ideas and spontaneity to rehearsals. She is also a much-valued and in-demand teacher, a talented and sensitive interpreter of songs and a superb vocalist.
Emma also has a wonderful ability to bring together and nurture musical ideas from the musicians she works with. She has hundreds of performances under her belt including the main stage at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Emma was educated at Dartington College from where she received a degree in Music Performance.
Paul Smith
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On double bass and 5-string electric upright bass Paul brings a mountain of experience and considerable creative talent to the ensemble.
He has been playing bass for around 40 years, which, he claims, works out at 10 years per string. A little banjo playing will also appear in his repertoire.
He is a regular member of another hugely popular local band whose style is as far removed from Appleby Stone as could be, which shows his wonderful talent and versatility.
Paul also spends many hours a week helping others in charitable causes.
Greg Knowles
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Greg is one of the UK‘s most accomplished professional percussionists. He has worked with many modern composers, including Debbie Wieseman, Mark Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Michael Niman, John Taverner and Harrison Birtwhistle, and with many of the finest classical ensembles. He a leading expert in the cimbalom.
Recent long-term engagements have included the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera.
As a composer, arranger and performer he has contributed music to several films and West End shows, including The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter, and several TV dramas and documentaries. ((IMDb)

“A great sound ... a class act” Julie July 2020

“Appleby Stone provided a first class act which created a real buzz and set a great atmosphere. Every single guest expressed how much they enjoyed it.
I wish I could have them at all my gatherings. Thank you for a great memory!” Emma Taylor, Cheltenham 2019

“Brilliant! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Two encores!” Ale House audience September 2019

“Superb arrangements and original songs. A wonderful evening. Thank you!” Ale House audience September 2019

“Thank you for last night. You sounded great and there was a lovely atmosphere.” Ed Ellistone, Manager, The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury

“Brilliant. Great music. We’ll certainly have you back.” Jed Dunn, Monkland Arms

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“Beautiful” Mo Foster, 2019